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Re: Theodolite positions using Excel

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Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:21:26 +0000

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 ```John Wood wrote: >>> Michael Haseler <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > Also, whilst, I've got the spreadsheet to produce an output in x,y > co-ordinates to transpose to a plan, I notice that the output from the > software was a distance to the known points, whilst this is a trivial > thing to add, I can't see why anyone would want it that way and so I'm > interested to know why the common output is distance rather than x,y,z > co-ordinates. > > The reason of this exercise is to find the location of the theodolite within the survey area. > > One will use the device to this by taking angular measurement to the three chosen reference points and the distance to these points are vital as they determine the trigonometric relationship of these points. > > > --------------------------------- > Sent from Yahoo! Mail. > A Smarter Inbox. > John, my spreadsheet takes the three "angular measurement to the three chosen reference points" and calculates the position. Having calculated the position, it's basic trig to find the distance to the reference points. But why would anyone want to know this distance if you could just be told the point on the plan to plot the object using Eastings and Northings. Isn't it easier just to say where the object is on the plan, rather than say how far it is away from three reference points? Or is it normal to use a compass to measure out a distance on a sheet of paper. Or am I missing something? thanks, Mike```